Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Butter is a sweet side dish that tastes even more amazing than the steakhouse sweet potatoes you love!
Why We Love Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Butter
- Oven-baked sweet potatoes are crispy on the outside, deliciously soft and fluffy on the inside, and absolutely mouth-watering when topped with cinnamon butter!
- Prepping the potatoes and whipping up the cinnamon butter takes only minutes! These sweet potatoes with cinnamon butter are really easy to make and the bake time gives you plenty of time to prepare the rest of the meal.
- Make more incredible, homemade cinnamon butter than you need, and enjoy it for a month on toast, muffins, cornbread, and more! Check out the Tips section on how to make your butter sweeter too.
- Baked sweet potatoes are a must-have at Thanksgiving but this easy recipe also makes it a cinch to have baked sweet potatoes with cinnamon butter for a weeknight meal too!
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Butter
SWEET POTATOES: You will need a few large sweet potatoes, along with a little olive oil to brush over the potatoes.
CINNAMON BUTTER: To make the cinnamon butter, you will need unsalted butter, packed light brown sugar, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a little salt.
How to Make Baked Sweet PotatoesJump to Recipe
STEP 1 Begin by making the sweet potatoes first. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wash the sweet potatoes and then pat them dry.
STEP 2 Arrange the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and pierce each sweet potato several times with a fork. Brush the sweet potatoes with olive oil and bake for one hour.
STEP 3 Check for doneness using a knife or a fork. If the knife or fork slides through the sweet potatoes easily then they are done. Allow the potatoes to cool for 10 minutes.
How to Make Cinnamon Butter
STEP 1 While the potatoes are cooling, make the cinnamon butter. Combine the unsalted butter, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt in a medium bowl and whip for about 2 minutes, until fluffy.
STEP 2 Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise and fluff the insides with a fork. Top each potato with a dollop or two of cinnamon butter and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
- Cinnamon butter is not super sweet, so if you’d like sweeter butter try adding 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Get even more decadent by combining cinnamon butter with this Honey Butter recipe! It’s even better than the Texan Roadhouse version!
- Store the cinnamon butter in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 month. Allow the butter to come to room temp and whip again before using.
- Wrap any leftover sweet potatoes tightly or store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- If you are making more than 4 sweet potatoes the bake time will be longer. Start checking the potatoes after 1 hour and then every 15 minutes after that until done. If your sweet potatoes are smaller, begin checking for doneness after 45 minutes.
- You can also turn leftover baked sweet potatoes into twice baked sweet potatoes. Scoop out the insides, mix in some goodies, refill he potatoes, and bake again. Soooo good!
Baked Sweet Potato Recipe FAQ
What is the best temperature to bake a sweet potato?
The best temperature for baking sweet potatoes is 400 degrees F, to ensure that crispy outside and soft, melty inside. You can, however, cook potatoes at different temperatures for slightly different results.
How long to bake sweet potatoes really depends on the cooking temp. Cooking potatoes at lower temperatures will not necessarily produce softer potatoes, but it will take longer to bake the potato and the potato will likely not have a crispy outside. You can speed up the bake time by cooking the potatoes at 425 degrees F, which could shave off about 15 minutes from the total bake time, depending on how large and how many potatoes you are baking.
Is it better to wrap sweet potatoes in foil for baking?
To wrap sweet potatoes or not when baking seems to be a personal decision! For those who prefer to wrap their potatoes in foil, the thinking is that it will help the potato cook faster, and more evenly and also prevent the potato from drying out. Those who like to bake their potatoes without foil enjoy doing so for the crispy skin and fluffy insides. Baking without foil is also believed to prevent any sogginess that could occur from the foil trapping moisture and steam. Cook your potatoes how you enjoy them most and have a great potato every time!
Cinnamon Butter Recipe FAQs
What is the shelf life of cinnamon butter?
Cinnamon sugar butter can be stored in one of three ways – either in the fridge, on the counter, or in the freezer.
If you make a single batch of this butter or you know you and the family will go through it pretty quickly, you can store this butter in a container on the counter and use it within 2-3 days.
If you refrigerate the extra butter, place it in a sealed container and store it for up to 1 month.
Lastly, you can freeze the butter in a sealed container for up to 6 months. When you refrigerate or freeze the butter, allow it to come to room temperature before stirring and serving.
Other Recipes You May Like
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- Oven Baked Potatoes
- Baked Parmesan Red Potatoes
- Maple, Almond, and Bacon Butter
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Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Butter
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Scrub the potatoes under cold water, and then pat them dry with a paper towel as best you can.
- Place the potatoes on a baking sheet. Use a fork to pierce the potatoes all over (just to pierce the skin so steam can escape). Brush the outsides of the sweet potatoes with olive oil.
- Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. The sweet potatoes are done when a knife or fork slides all the way through with no resistance. (The potatoes will darken in color and some of the sugars may run out, this is normal.) Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the potatoes cool for 10 minutes.
- While the potatoes cool, make the butter. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt together with a hand mixer for 2 minutes until smooth, light, and fluffy.
- To serve: Slice the potatoes down the center to open the top. Fluff the insides with a fork and top with some of the whipped cinnamon butter. Serve warm.
- Nutritional information is for 1 sweet potato with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon butter.
- The butter recipe makes 1 cup of cinnamon butter. Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container.
- You can use your hands to rub the olive oil all over the potatoes instead of a pastry brush if you don’t have one on hand.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.